Melbourne Demons fans have seemingly endured more than their fair share over the past decade, from tanking, to bad drafting, a 186-point loss, and a near finals miss.
They must look to improve in 2021, and improve they should. Here are 5 reasons the Dees will look strong next season.
5 Reasons The Dees Will Improve This Year
Locking Down Players – The Melbourne Demons have just locked in an extra 5 heads for the 2021 season. Jay Lockhart has spent the last 2-years on the rookie list, and has finally been upgraded to a senior.
Toby Bedford and James Jordon have also put pen to paper. While Rookies Mitch Brown and Kade Chandler will too remain at the club.
Growing Midfield – Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver are arguably two of the best midfielders in the competition. Max Gawn in the Ruck also dominates for the side. Gawn and Oliver have two of the best centre bounce attendances in the entire comp, and Petracca is a shoo-in for the 2021 Brownlow Medal. With this unstoppable trio, the Dees get one step closer to the Premiership Flag.
Ruck Tapping – Due to improving mids, Melbourne should have one of the best ruck taps in the competition. The sheer dominance seen by Max Gawn in the ruck will only be amplified in 2021, and it’s looking to be one mighty dangerous force.
Coronavirus – Covid-19 should finally have made it’s way out of Victoria by the time the 2021 AFL Season Rolls around (fingers crossed!) Which means the Dees will get their beloved MCG Back for home games.
Slated as one of the reasons Melbourne narrowly missed out on the 8, coronavirus sent the team packing their bags for the entirety of 2020. With the ability to finally relish their own home soil, it’s looking like a good year to be in the blue and red.
Greater Impact – All of the above accumulate into one main factor – which is the Dees impact on field. We should see more contested footy, a heightened ability in the ruck, greater midfield presence, and hopefully the debut of some pretty capable rookies.
With all of these additions to the side, plus the ability to play on their home turf, the Demons look like a force to be reckoned with in 2021.